February 24, 2017

The 1984 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship ring, show below, was awarded to Len Bias. It’s for sale in an upcoming Heritage auction:

Len Bias championship ring

If your a big fan of Maryland men’s basketball, and not happy about their chances of winning this year’s Big Ten Conference regular-season championship, at least you can get out your checkbook and buy this championship ring.

Heritage Auctions has begun the bidding on this 1984 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship ring presented to former star Len Bias. This league title was the first and only of former coach Lefty Driesell’s Terps career.

Len Bias led Maryland in the ACC final against Duke with 26 points, shooting 12 out of 17 from the field. “I came here with something to prove,” Bias said. “I didn’t get named to any of the All-ACC teams, first or second team. I wanted people to know that I could play and do it in big games.” The Terps advanced to the regional semifinal in the 1984 NCAA tournament, and Bias continued his climb.

He was named a second-team All-American as a junior and a first-team All-American as a senior. Just two days after he was taken No. 2 overall in the 1986 NBA draft by the Celtics, Bias tragically died in his dormitory building from a cocaine overdose.

According to Heritage Auctions, Bias’ championship ring contains “a red stone on the face with golden ‘ACC’ lettering with two concentric bands of raised text at the perimeter reading, ’1984 Maryland Basketball Atlantic Coast Conference Champions.’ ” The interior band measures to a size 9 1/2, and the ring weighs 20 grams.

The auction house estimates the value of the championship ring at over $10,000, while ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell commented that he expects it to sell for around $15,000.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so if you would like complete privacy, please contact me to sell your championship ring.

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